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As many of you are aware - this is my first attempt at a publicly accessible blog, with weekly updating.

I'm learning a lot about what is and isn't fair game to post publicly - so you may have noticed that some of my past posts have been edited from a copy of an article to just a link to an article.

You may have noticed that I repost conference announcements in the default text settings rather than the settings sent by the organizers - that's because I have been led to believe that people using accessibility software or hardware will have a better time with the default formats provided by blogger.

You may have noticed that not all the conference announcements are precisely or not obviously related to combinatorics - that's because I tend to repost the things that are emailed to me from members.

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Upcoming conference; ILAS 2019

ILAS 2019: Linear Algebra Without Borders 
22nd Conference of the International Linear Algebra Society - ILAS 2019 July, 8-12, 2019 
Host: Department of Mathematics at Fundação Getúlio Vargas Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 
The theme primarily refers to the fact that Linear Algebra and its myriad of applications are interwoven in a borderless unit. In the conference, we plan to illustrate this by creating a program whose plenary talks and symposia represent the many scientific “countries” of Linear Algebra, and which invites participant to “visit” them. This theme also refers to the openness and inclusiveness of Linear Algebra to researchers of different backgrounds.

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News update


There are a few items would would like to bring to the attention of ICA members. 

1. Medal nominations (Kirkman, Hall, Euler and Stanton) are due December 31. Please send nominations of deserving candidates to Charlie Colbourn. For details about  the nomination process, please see the following web page:

2. Medal presentations are continuing. Three additional presentations of framed certificates and engraved medals will take place at the 5th International Combinatorics Conference (5ICC) which is being held at Monash University (Melbourne) in December. This brings to 20 the number of presentations that have taken place in the last 15 months, almost completely catching up after years of inactivity. 

3. Volume 81 of the Bulletin is ready to be mailed next week. There have been some one-time delays as a transition was being made to a new printer. The new printer will help us control costs moving forward (keeping membership dues as low as poss…

Honorary Fellow S S Shrikhande

S S Shrikhande was named an Honorary Fellow of the ICA in 1990.

For a brilliant article about his life, including some great pictures:

From Inside Higher Ed

Math Journal Editors Quit for Open Access To protest the high prices charged by their publisher, Springer, the editors of the Journal of Algebraic Combinatorics will start a rival journal that will be free for all to read. By Lindsay McKenzie July 31, 2017 40 COMMENTS The four editors in chief of the Journal of Algebraic Combinatorics have informed their publisher, Springer, of their intention to launch a rival open-access journal to protest the publisher’s high prices and limited accessibility. This is the latest in a string of what one observer called “editorial mutinies” over journal publishing policies. In a news release last Thursday, the editors said their decision was not made because of any “particular crisis” but was the result of it becoming “more and more clear” that Springer intended to keep charging readers and authors large fees while “adding little value.” Nearly every member of the board of the Journal of Algebraic Combinatorics will be resigning when their contract wi…

Honorary Fellow Henry Gould

Henry Gould was named an Honorary Fellow of the ICA in 2000.

Henry W. Gould From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Henry W. Gould Prof. Henry W. Gould in 1972 BornAugust 26, 1928 (age 89)
PortsmouthVirginiaResidenceMorgantownWest VirginiaNationalityAmericanAlma materUniversity of Virginia (B.A., 1954)
University of Virginia (M.A.., 1956)Known forbook "Combinatorial Identities": 1972AwardsJ. Shelton Horsley Research Award
Benedum Distinguished Scholar AwardScientific careerFieldsMathematicsInstitutionsWest Virginia UniversityHenry W. Gould (born August 26, 1928) is a Professor Emeritus of Mathematics at West Virginia University.[1] Early life and education Prof. Gould was born in PortsmouthVirginia. Between 1945 and 1947, he attended National Radio Institute in Washington D.C.. In 1946, he graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in PortsmouthVirginia. In 1946–1948 he studied at Old Dominion University and started school at University of Virginia. He worked at WUVA radio 19…

In memoriam Vladimir Voevodsky

Vladimir Voevodsky, Revolutionary Mathematician, Dies at 51By JULIE REHMEYEROCT. 6, 2017 Continue reading the main storyShare This PageShareTweetEmailMoreSave Photo